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Penang Hill

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks on Penang Island, Malaysia It is located within the Air Itam suburb, 9 km (5.6 mi) west of the center of George Town. Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which actually refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak. One of the peaks is known as Strawberry Hill, which was also the name of a house owned by Sir Francis Light, founder of Penang colony.

Penang Hill covers a number of hills, with the highest point at Western Hill which is 833 m (2,733 ft) above sea level. The hill stands out prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area. It was used as a retreat during the British colonial period, and is now a popular tourist destination in Penang.

The top of the hill is accessible via the Penang Hill Railway from its base station at Hill Railway Station Road. To date, this funicular railway system is the only one of its kind in Malaysia, transporting over a million visitors to the peak of Penang Hill as of 2014.

Penang Hill Funicular Railway

Did you know that Penang Hill Funicular Railway has the steepest tunnel track in the world? Did you know that it is the longest track in Asia? Find out more about Penang Hill Funicular Railway in this short film.

Penang Hill

Operation hours: daily train 0630 - 2300 (last train) daily ticketing counter 0630 - 2145

Penang Hill is located 5.8 kilometres from our hotel. Drop by Penang Hill while your in town. Enjoy the charming breeze while taking in the view atop Penang island.


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